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Pulteney Scotch Whisky Distillery

Pulteney Distillery, Huddart Street, Wick, Caithness. KW1 5BA
Tel: +44 (0)1955 602371

Pulteney Distillery General Information
Current Owners click for detailsInver House Distillers (Inter Bev)
Location Highland
Water Source The Loch of Hempriggs
Stills 6 x wash still and 2 x spirit still
Capacity per year 1,400,000 Litres
Status Active/Producing
Manager Fred Sinclair
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Pulteney Distillery History
1826 Established by James Henderson
1920 Sold to James Watson & Co Ltd (Dundee)
1923 Acquired by John Dewar’s & Sons Ltd
1925 Taken over by Distiller Company Ltd (DCL)
1930 Closed
1951 Resurrected by R. Cumming (lawyer from Banff)
1955 Purchased by Hiram Walker
1959 Distillery entirely renovated
1995 Acquired by Inver House Distillers
1997 Release by new owners of 12 Year Old Single Malt
2001 Pacific Spirits buyt Inver House for £56m
2006 Inter Bev buy Pacific Spirits UK

Pulteney Distillery Comments
Established in 1826, Pulteney is the most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland. It stands in the suburbs of Wick, about eighteen miles from John O'Groats, in a rugged, windswept, sea-pounded area. An unlikely setting for a distillery, except for its close proximity to the sea, which at one time was the only means of transporting the whisky to the south. During the herring boom of the 19th century many of the distillery workers were also employed as fishermen; many were coopers making up to 8 barrels each day to hold cured herring for export to Russia and Germany. Sadly the herring industry is no longer part of the daily life in Wick, but Pulteney Distillery continues to operate, distilling one of the finest Highland Malts available.
Used in Ballantine blends
Only distillery named after a person – Sir William Johnstone Pulteney


Pulteney Distillery Bottlings
click for detailsOld Pulteney 12 Year Old
Nose Medium to high intensity, dry with a hint of sea air
Colour Deep amber with a slight pink hue
Taste Dry, medium bodied and smooth with a clean finish: faintly salty with a slight sherry note
Old Pulteney 15 Year Old
This rare 15 Year Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky is bottled from a single cask at its natural strength. Each bottle is individually numbered with the cask and bottle number emphasising the individuality of the whisky
The tasting notes from each cask produced will vary, however, each will have a slight saltiness emanating from the 15 years exposed to the sea air of Wick
Old Pulteney 15 Year Old – Sherry Matured
Old Pulteney 15 Year Old - Millennium
Old Pulteney Liqueuer
Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky has now been carefully blended with a selection of natural highland ingredients to create a truly memorable Scotch Whisky Liqueur with a Beguiling aroma and a rich fruity aftertaste

Pulteney Distillery Independent Bottlings


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Pulteney Distillery Visitor Centre Information
Contact +44 (0)1955 602371
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April - September 10.30am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 3.30pm
October - March by arrangement
Comments The Pulteney Distillery Visitor Centre was officially opened on Monday 12 June 2000 by golfer Ronan Rafferty, member of the PGA European Tour. The centre takes visitors through a historical journey of the whisky making process and the seafaring history behind the area of Wick.


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